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War Horse

War Horse

by Michael Morpurgo

Language and Communication Quotes

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Quote #7

"I can't speak a word of German, and I can see you can't understand what the hell I'm talking about, can you?" (16.6)

Humans and horses aren't the only ones with communication issues. The English and the Germans can barely communicate, either. But these men are able to get along with each other just fine, if only for a bit—maybe they've learned something from the horses.

Quote #8

I reared up on my back legs and cried out to him to recognize me. (17.5)

Joey does his best to communicate with his human, Albert. Here, you can practically hear him saying, "Hello, Wilbur!" Oh—we mean Albert. Unfortunately, Albert doesn't speak horse, so he doesn't recognize Joey until they clean him off.

Quote #9

I felt a sudden looseness in my throat and neck, so much so that I could call out, albeit softly, for the first time. (18.25)

Here, Joey is saying "I'm feeling better!" This call is one Albert does understand, but only because Joey had been silent for weeks. At that point, any noise is good noise.

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